|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 13401400)|
|QUOTATION:||To maken vertue of necessite. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale. Line 3044.|
Also in Troilus and Cresseide, line 1587.
To make a virtue of necessity.William Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona, act iv. sc. 2. Mathew Henry: Comm. on Ps. xxxvii. John Dryden: Palamon and Arcite.
In the additions of Hadrianus Julius to the Adages of Erasmus, he remarks, under the head of Necessitatem edere, that a very familiar proverb was current among his countrymen,Necessitatem in virtutem commutare (To make necessity a virtue).
Laudem virtutis necessitati damus (We give to necessity the praise of virtue).Quintilian: Inst. Orat. i. 8. 14. [back]